Taliban pledge protection for Afghan gas pipeline

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Source: UPI

The Afghan Taliban said it was directing its supporters to help advance national infrastructure projects like a natural gas pipeline running from Turkmenistan.

The Taliban, one of the main drivers of an insurgent campaign in Afghanistan over the last 15 years, said it was now directing its fighters to provide support for major government projects like the $3 billion Mes Aynak copper mine near the capital city and the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-India-Pakistan natural gas pipeline.

The group, which refers to itself as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, said it backs such major infrastructure projects and vows to defend them, provided such projects follow unspecified guidelines set out by the Taliban.

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